2012 Exhibition: STA Presents—The Chicago Design Archive: 27 Chicago Designers
We’re very excited to announce that the Chicago Design Museum will host an exclusive film, presented by The Society of Typographic Arts, entitled “The Chicago Design Archive: 27 Chicago Designers”.
The Chicago Design Archive is an interactive collection of rich and significant works from Chicago designers, design firms, clients, and patrons gleaned from a variety of juried sources.The Archive’s world-wide audience includes design professionals looking for inspiration, scholars and students exploring a unique segment of design history, writers seeking creative story lines and historical references, and enthusiasts who love and appreciate good design. Founded in 2002, the CDA is sponsored by The Society of Typographic Arts.
For Chicago Design Week, the Chicago Design Archive committee identified the work of sixteen 27 Chicago Designers who’s work is included in the Archive collection. Much more work of the 27 Chicago Designers is, in fact, included in the Archive collection, but not identified as such.
The 27 Chicago Designers, founded in 1936, and continuing to 1991, was dedicated to promoting the work of its members—illustrators, typographers, photographers and designers—to design buyers. Important founders were type designers Oswald Cooper and R. Hunter Middleton. The collaborative effort that included 4-page inserts by each member produced what might have been the first source book for design in the US. Selections for the exhibition include work by the 27 that appears in the CDA and additonal work scanned from some of the books that were produced over fifty-five years.